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En développant des exemples tirés de la littérature ou du théâtre, A. Badiou fait l'éloge de l'amour. Celui-ci serait menacé soit par une conception libérale (mariage arrangé par exemple), soit par une négation de l'amour au profit du seul plaisir égoïste. Mais, selon lui, l'amour est une véritable expérience métaphysique de l'éternel, un risque qu'il faut savoir prendre.
Broché, 90 pages
Published 2009 by Flammarion
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Ian Heidin-Seek
What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Let me confess straight away: I am in thrall to Alain Badiou, a French philosopher who was born in 1937 and therefore in 2013 is 76.

I make no pretence to objectivity in this review.

I share his interests, love and politics, culture and philosophy, and his analysis accords with my predisposition.

What has he done? He’s defined a worldview with which I wholeheartedly agree in 104 pages of passionate, pristine prose.

Reading it has been the most amazing and life-changing
كنت حائرة فيما يمكن أن أستهل للحديث عن كتاب (في مدح الحب)، و خاصة أني لست خير من يتحدث عن الحب، و ليست القراءة فيه من ضمن خياراتي القرائية المفضلة كثيرا، إذ لا أطيق صبرا مع قراءة المشاعر الجياشة، كما أن الكثير من الروايات الرومانسية "الناضجة" تشعرني بالملل أو النكد، و لا أدري لماذا إن كنت ناضجة علي أن أهتم بكثرة المآسي المبالغ فيها و البكاء على الأطلال أو أفكار زيرة النساء الفجة، و أن أعتبر كل هذا البؤس حبا! من قال أن النضج يعني بالضرورة أن يكون المرء على هذه الشاكلة البليدة؟ مدري... 0
في لحظات ق
ماهرعبد الرحمن

فى 2008 قال ويل سميث عن شخصية فيلمه الجديد(هانكوك): هانكوك، ليس بطلك الخارق المعتاد، إنه يستيقظ كل يوم غاضباً من العالم، وهو لا يتذكر ما حدث له، ولا يوجد أحد ليساعده للوصول لإجابات.
فى أحد المشاهد المؤثرة (الفيلم كله ملوش لازمة باستثناء المشهد ده) يقول : أى وغد كنت حتى لا يسأل على أحد طوال الفترة التى هى عمرى؟. وبالرغم من وجود الصخب فى حياتنا دائما والعديد من الأشخاص، إلا أننا،مع ذلك، نشعر أنه لا أحد.
وأحيانا يضطر بعض الناس بسبب اليأس من ظهور هذا "الأحد" إلى
Weirdly, this might be a great place to start with Badiou. More weirdly, it isn't even available in the US. It's a slight little thing, but packed with insights and beautiful meditations on the challenges of love. Awesome.
أحمد جمال سعد الدين
مشكلته الوحيدة بالنسبة لي، إن كان نفسي الكتاب يستمر لفترة أطول.
جميل فعلاً، وحديثه عن الحب بإعتباره مخاطرة وجودية حقيقيّة كان ممتاز

مقال مرتبط ببعض أفكار الكتاب:
More than 150 years ago, Kierkegaard wrote a brilliant essay mourning the loss of passion in the world. His words are truer now for the modern world. This short work by Alain Badiou is a passionate defence of the universal phenomenon of love in the ennui of the modern world. In a world where everything including love has fallen under consumerism, where everything is calculated as an investment.

He invokes other thinkers who talked about love, like Lacan, Kierkegaard and Plato. He also makes the c
I was upstate hiding in a barn with my dying cat (she has a massive oozing tumor on her tummy). I was nursing a broken heart and dealing with a massively horrendous year. I don't believe I have ever been as cynical or as hateful. I hated the concept of love; hated the fact that I was in love; hated the idea that I couldn't be a robot or an automaton.

I don't drive, so every week a friend would drive by to pick me up to buy the week's groceries, use their land line, check my email, and to take a
Badiou is the Barbara Cartland of philosophy.
Geof Huth
Alain Badiou answers, in conversation, questions posed to him by Nicolas Truong, which he then translates into a book about love, and its essential nature and its transformative effects in human life. The main focus here is on the concept of romantic love, and Badiou argues against the "sceptics" who believe that love does not exist and is only a socially acceptable replacement for inexorable sexual desire. Badiou argues finally that love is a quest for truth, the truth that two people can be se ...more
This short book compensates what it lacks in volume, with it's many contradictions.
If Badiou developed some of the concepts he mentions in 'In Praise of Love' , in a more detailed book that would be useful.

He refers to Christianity as a religion of love, or one that clings to the notion of love and then is used as channel to redirect love towards the church / religious institution, 'a propaganda tool.'

In what context is he then referring to Christianity as a religion of love?

He states that a ro
A really interesting philosophical reflection, making the point that most literature about romantic love is about the event - something that only has a short duration - an eternal moment. It is never about the difficulty of sustaining that love through time in the world. The assumption with the former is that the moment links to eternity and that is enough in its pure perfection. So everybody dies, or it is over etc. It can't survive the ravages of time. Badiou argues for a practice of love whic ...more
I like his ideas, though I wish he had gone into more depth as to why struggle in love was necessary. Or at least been more descriptive of what "struggle" means in the context of love. Unclear whether he meant day-to-day nuisances and maintenance or whether he has some unhealthy ideas about only disfunctional, fire-y loves having real passion.

Alain Badiou is an amazing philosopher and a prolific writer. This book, however, is not written by him, it is a documented conversation with Nicolas Truong. A conversation that was largely dictated by Truong's questions. Given that Badiou is answering these question, which are at times directly related to love and at others faintly so, the book flows in and out of the topics of love, history, politics, art, religion ... to mention a few, something you can not blame Badiou for, but rather his in ...more
Stella K
Read it in one go, of course. Last night -to be precise. It was an unforgettable night. The pleasures of reading about the philosophical ideas of love last longer than the pleasures of the physical expression of love, but the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

I agree with Badiou's insistence on love as a higher ideal, more than with Lacan's rational theory of love as a particle of our existence.

Badiou suggests that love 'becomes' and he arrives to this conclusion by giving gravity to th
Frank Jude
Wow! I've been meaning to read Badiou for some time; a bit intimidated by those I know who have read and studied him. This book seemed to my mind a good introduction. I'm a bit hooked now! In just 104 pages, this little book which is simply an edited transcription of Badiou in response to questions asked by Nicolas Truong, takes the reader through an inquiry into what Rimbaud called for: a reinvention of love.

The word "love" is in deep need of recuperation as it has become so debased in our capi
En général, Je suis d'accord avec Monsieur Alain aux ses Idées. L'amour est un expérience très dangereux et très magnifique en même temps! Peut être, ça se fait tout l'enchantement! Mais, Je crois, il mérite.
J'adore ses opinions de Politique contre L'amour :)) Je suis toujours très fasciné par les deux ensemble et comment les émotions les deux ont! C'est vraiment magnifique.
J'espère lire ce livre en français ou bien écouter à leur dialogue.
Hans de Zwart
This book, an edited conversation between two thinkers, has some deep thinking about the meaning of love. Badiou writes: "Love isn’t simply about two people meeting and their inward-looking relationship: it is a construction, a life that is being made, no longer from the perspective of One but from the perspective of Two." or "I pointed out how love begins with the wholly contingent, random character of the encounter. These really are games of love and chance. And they are unavoidable. They alwa ...more
One of Badiou's more public books. As Badiou elaborates, philosophy is conditioned by truths: political, scientific, artistic, and the subject of this book, amorous truths. Here Badiou affirms that genuine love exists as the experience of the world by the Two in the aftermath of a chance encounter worked out in acts of fidelity. Remarkable commentary on other thinkers such as Lacan take place in this book. Badiou also manages to put some of his more daunting concepts into immediately accessible ...more
Jonas Liston
A short read. The interview format was quite good. I have a few pointers of things that I thought either stood out, could be developed upon, or disagreed with.

1) Badiou makes the brilliant point that the media plays on the risks that being in love involves, but he doesn't say much as to why. I don't have an answer but I do think what cannot be underestimated is all the baggage that socialization, lived experience and ideology inflict upon people, and how this contributes towards what can be quit
Voljeti znači upustiti se u koštac, povrh svake samoće, sa svime u svijetu što može udahnuti život našem postojanju. U tom svijetu izravno vidim izvor sreće koju mi pruža bivanje s drugim. "Volim te" postaje: u svijetu se nalazi izvor mog postojanja, a to si ti. U vodi tog izvora vidim našu radost, ponajprije tvoju. Vidim, kao u Mallarmeovoj pjesmi:
U valu ti postala si
Čisti ushit svoj.
Kate Woods Walker
This meditation on love--merely romantic love, no other type--contains a Marxist's defense of Christianity and other unexpected thoughts.

French philosopher and political thinker Alain Badiou offers up his three-part definition of love, one which I will take to my philosophy discussion group later this month. I am as yet unconvinced that fidelity means unending love, and I look forward to the resulting discussion of the ideas in this challenging little volume.
Though I am admittedly obsessed with love and its meaning in life, I found this book particularly fascinating for its connection between love and politics. There are often moments of pure poetry in Badiou's speech, which is not to be unexpected. His passionate observations and analyses of love makes your heart bloom with the possibilities out there in the world, makes your mind want to wrestle with the higher meaning of life.
Dylan Groves
Super short, kind of interesting

Three takeaways:

1 - Modern love is made shitty by attempts to reduce its risk (online dating etc) and meaning (just about sex)

2 - Love should be understood as a construction, not an experience or an event.

3 - Attempts to combine politics and love are probably doomed - real politics is about defining an enemy.

I loved this book so much, I am seriously considering buying it for a few friends because of how strongly Badiou's message resonated with me - I feel compelled to share it. Note: author seems to identify as a communist and ties that into his philosophy. While I found that exciting (although somewhat tangential), I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.
دائمًا ما تجذبني المواضيع الذي تتحدث عن الحب كسوسيولوجيا، وكنت أتوقع أن الحوار هنا مع الفيلسوف الفرنسي سيضيف لي شيء جديد، ولكن كان الحوار فيه عادي تقريبًا، إلا من ربط الحب بالسياسة والفن والتي أعطت إضافة جميلة للحوار. الكتاب صغير ولطيف، ولكن لا يحمل قيمة عالية وعميقة تشفي شغفي في القراءة بمثل هذا الموضوع.
El amor como experiencia del mundo desde la perspectiva de la diferencia, del dos, y en tanto tal, como construcción de verdad. Está bueno lo que plantea, y al ser una entrevista es muy llevadero para leer. Me cae bien Badiou.
I really enjoyed the first few chapters (5 stars), but found the last few not especially interesting (2-3 stars). Very short, so perhaps best reading at the bookstore.
Nindyo Sasongko
"Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death." Wow!
Rod Dubey
A disappointing book. This is a very narrow and conservative view of love.
Michael Palkowski
Derrida somewhat infamously said that he had nothing to say about love. After being asked to explore love as a general concept, he asks the interviewer to pose a question saying that he is incapable of merely discussing the "generalities of love". Badiou seeks to do exactly what Derrida was incapable of doing by focusing on the concept and exploring its meaning(s).

Badiou begins by outlining his four conditions of philosophy:

1)- Savant
2)- Artist
3)- Activist
4)- Lover

Showing the centrality that lo
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Alain Badiou, Ph.D., born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS. Alain Badiou was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s. He taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll ...more
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“Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death.” 25 likes
“What kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one? What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of difference and not identity? That is what I believe love to be.” 17 likes
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